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UPDATE: Ching Hua to Close; East End Pizza to Take Over Space

East End Pizza Company plans to move into the soon-to-be vacated space located at 1650 Park St. next to the Market Place.

Updated Dec. 6 at 3:14 p.m.

East End Pizza Company is moving to a new space not too far from its Marketplace location. However, that space — currently occupied by Ching Hua — means that the Chinese Restaurant will be closing.

A sign recently posted outside of Ching Hua's window, adjacent to the Marketplace, states the change of ownership going to East End Pizza.

An employee confirmed with Alameda Patch on Wednesday afternoon that the fine dining Chinese restaurant would not be relocating. However, he was unable to provide a reason why or a date on when doors would close for good.

Michele Manousos, co-owner of East End Pizza, said she heard about the restaurant being for sale eight months ago and felt buying it would be a mutual beneficial opportunity because they were good friends with the owner.

"We did not in any way do any hostile takeover," she said.

They had started negotiations three months ago and hope to relocate by early spring.

"We've outgrown our space," Manousos said.

When East End Pizza opened in April 2011, it was primarily planned on being just for takeout. But more and more customers wanted to dine in, Manuosos said.

Aside from gaining a larger space, East End Pizza also plans to expand its menu to include more than just pizza. Manousos said they will remain open until the official move.

Alameda Patch could not reach Ching Hua's owner for further comment.

We will update this story as more information is made available.

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Jon Hayes January 05, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Burma Super star has a Tea salad to die for, along with the rest of their offerings, good luck to East End Pizza.
Margurite Fuller January 30, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I live in Oakland and Ching Hua was my favorite Chinese restaurant. I was probably the only person they delivered to in Oakland. One night I begged the owner to deliver and he finally gave in. They had a great staff and I agree with the woman who commented how comfortable it was to go there for a cocktail while waiting for take out. Had no idea there was another one Berkeley, a place I avoid, but I will make a special trip over to get my favorite prawn dish. Adios, amigos.
Tom Brody January 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM
This is about the issue of "avoiding Berkeley." I can see how one would want to avoid the part of Berkeley just south of the campus. In this part of town, the restaurants will surely give you die-YAH-ree-YAH. Also, free parking in this part of town is an impossibility, unless you are like me and know where the hidden parking places are located. And then, there is the problem with the street scum that infest the sidewalks. But Solano Avenue is an entirely different story, and there is no reason to avoid this part of Berkeley (upper Solano). An added feature, is exploring the curved Solano Tunnel. What a delight for a family stroll. Also, College Avenue between Ashby and Oakland is another story, and there is no reason to avoid this part of Berkeley.
Carol Parker January 31, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Ching Hua has now vacated the premises. Signs on the windows indicate East End Pizza is moving there, but give no date.
adam May 06, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Comic Genius; should be writing for Conan.

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